The Arizona Cardinals gain another draft pick due to free agency losses in 2014, can they turn the 170th overall pick into gold?
The Arizona Cardinals were awarded a fifth round compensatory pick as part of 33 picks handed out by the NFL today. The pick, awarded to teams who lose more free agents than they sign, will be the first compensatory pick in the draft, taking place as the 33rd pick in the fifth round (170th overall).
The Cardinals entered the day with only six draft picks, having traded their seventh round pick for Matt Barkley just before the start of the 2015 season, they now have two in the fifth, and one in each round except the seventh. Compensatory picks cannot be traded this year, the last such year they cannot, starting next year they can be traded by teams.
The Dallas Cowboys, San Francisco 49ers and New England Patriots lead the league with four picks each, with 13 teams being awarded 33 picks in total.
The Arizona Cardinals lost Dan Williams Sam Acho, Antonio Cromartie, Paul Fanaika, and Rob Housler in free agency (many would say, they didn’t ‘lose’ much) but they only added Corey Peters, Cory Redding, Mike Iupati and Sean Weatherspoon (many may say they didn’t ‘gain’ much either). But the draft pick could be golden, as well, only time will tell.
With free agency quiet for the Cardinals, this may stoke fans up a little bit on possibilities.